A generational phenom does not make an NBA team a powerhouse or even a playoff contender many times.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar closed his Milwaukee chapter on a losing season. Charles Barkley had a losing season in Philadelphia a year before a most valuable player season in Phoenix. Kevin Garnett missed three consecutive postseasons in his prime in Minnesota before going to Boston.
“You can’t do it with one guy,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “The Bulls couldn’t do it with Michael Jordan” in his first three losing seasons. “End of discussion right there.”
The NBA is watching the scenario play out with New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo....